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Company: Settlement reached in lawsuit over Gulf oil leak

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 04:48
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A New Orleans energy company said Thursday it has reached a settlement agreement with environmental groups in a lawsuit stemming from the company's failed efforts to stop a decade-old, slow-motion oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Slain TV reporter, cameraman were eager young journalists

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 04:43

A television photographer takes video of a memorial for the two slain journalist in front of the studios of WDBJ-TV7 in Roanoke, Va., Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. Reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward from the station were killed during a live broadcast Wednesday. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Alison Parker seemed destined for the anchor chair. Adam Ward was upbeat, the kind of cameraman everyone wanted to work with in the wee hours of the morning.

Gambler's defense: Borgata uses booze, sexy servers to distract gamblers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 04:39

 Borgata uses booze, sexy servers to distract gamblersA professional gambler accused of cheating an Atlantic City casino out of $9.6 million by seeking an unfair edge at cards says the casino has its own method of gaining an advantage: plying gamblers with free booze served by flirty, scantily clad waitresses.

Dole Food CEO, former top exec ordered to pay $148M

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 04:36
DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Delaware judge on Thursday ordered 92-year-old Dole Food CEO David Murdock and a former top lieutenant to pay $148 million in damages for misleading directors and shareholders in a deal that took the company private in 2013.

Board punts decision on embattled Albuquerque schools chief

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 04:36

Albuquerque Public Schools board president Don Duran, left, and board member Analee Maestas, right, announce that the board would delay a final decision on embattled superintendent Luis Valentino, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015 in Albuquerque, N.M. Valentino is battling calls for his resignation after hiring an administrator who is facing child sex charges in Colorado. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The new but embattled superintendent of New Mexico's largest school district has been granted a reprieve after school board members put off making a decision Thursday regarding his future at the helm of the troubled district.

Drexel University students on alert after recent burglaries

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 04:36

Drexel University students on alert after recent burglariesStudents who attend Drexel University are being put on alert after several homes were burglarized near campus.

Connecticut political staffer gets year in prison for kickback scheme

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 04:35
A former Connecticut legislative staffer was sentenced on Thursday to a year and a day in federal prison for using his role administering a state program intended to prevent political corruption to generate $117,000 in kickbacks. Republican George Gallo, 47, pleaded guilty in April to using his position as chief of staff to the former state house minority leader to steer first-time political candidates receiving public campaign grants to a Florida direct-mail company in return for 10 percent of the revenue it collected. "While some saw the CEP as a way to clean up elections, Mr. Gallo saw it as a personal money maker," Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Mattei wrote in a memo ahead of sentencing.

Health official: States should post local vaccination info

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 04:32

FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 file photo, a pediatrician holds a dose of the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine at his practice in Northridge, Calif. In 2014, only 21 states posted vaccination rates for individual schools, school districts, counties or areas of the state. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been quietly prodding more states to make the information available. On Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, the CDC's Dr. Anne Schuchat made the push more public during a news conference. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)NEW YORK (AP) — How many kids are vaccinated at your child's school? Federal health officials think you should be able to easily find out.

The Latest: Jurors in prep school rape case go home for day

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 04:32

Former St. Paul's School student Owen Labrie scratches his chin while he testifies during his trial at Merrimack Superior Court in Concord, N.H., Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. Labrie is charged with raping a 15-year-old freshman as part of Senior Salute, in which seniors try to romance and have intercourse with underclassmen before leaving the prestigious St. Paul's School in Concord. The defense contends the two had consensual sexual contact but not intercourse. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The latest on the trial of a former student at an elite prep school accused of raping a freshman as part of a tradition called Senior Salute (all times local):

Jury begins deliberations in New Hampshire prep school rape trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 04:11

A sign marks the entrance to St. Paul's School in ConcordBy Ted Siefer CONCORD, N.H. (Reuters) - The jury in the rape trial of a former student at an elite New Hampshire boarding school began deliberations on Thursday after hearing closing arguments focusing on whether he forced a 15-year-old classmate to have sex or whether she accused him to save her reputation. A county prosecutor said defendant Owen Labrie, 19, told a friend had he had used "every trick in the book" to get the victim to have sex with him. "You only need tricks if someone says no," Assistant Merrimack County Attorney Joseph Cherniske told the jury of 11 men and three women, including two alternates.

Environment groups: Settlement not final in oil leak lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 04:09
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The latest about a potential settlement of a lawsuit by environmental groups against a New Orleans company that failed to end a decade-old leak in the Gulf of Mexico (all times local)

Student threatened to kill self, others at Miss. State University

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 04:04
The student was later determined not to have a gun, university president Mark Keenum said at a news conference, even though the university had sent out warnings of an active shooter as soon as campus police learned about a student threatening to kill himself and others. Within minutes, campus police took Fhu-Qui Kong "Bill" Nguyen, a freshman from Madison, Mississippi, into custody.

Massive fire erupts in Burlington Twp. business

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 04:00

Massive fire erupts in Burlington Twp. businessRescuers are on the scene of a massive fire at a business in Burlington Township, New Jersey.

Judge won't toss charges in Chinatown racketeering case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 03:57

FILE - In this , Thursday, April 10, 2014 photo, Tony Serra, right, an attorney for Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow, pictured at left, listens to speakers at a news conference in San Francisco. Attorneys for Chow and the U.S. Attorney's Office were scheduled to appear in federal court on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. In a court filing earlier this month, Curtis Briggs, an attorney for Chow, said the indictment against his client on charges including money laundering should be dismissed on the grounds that the government is selectively prosecuting him while letting other people caught in its probe go. ( AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge refused Thursday to throw out a racketeering case against a man arrested in a money laundering and corruption probe centered in San Francisco's Chinatown that also led to charges against a California state senator.

U.S. charges Arizona man with supporting Islamic State

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 03:57
An Arizona man was indicted on Thursday for supporting the militant group Islamic State by helping a New York City college student travel to Syria for military-style training, U.S. authorities said. Authorities said Ahmed Mohammed El Gammal, 42, of Avondale, Arizona, was arrested on Monday in Arizona and is being held without bail. Federal prosecutors have charged numerous individuals across the country in recent months with supporting Islamic State, also known as ISIS, or ISIL, as the extremist group has sought to build support through the aggressive use of social media.

Former 76ers star Darryl Dawkins has died

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 03:55

Darryl Dawkins, aka 'Chocolate Thunder,' dies at 58Former 76ers star Darryl Dawkins has died, Action News has learned.

Anchor's shock at live TV slayings shifts to poise, strength

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 03:50

In this image made from video and provided by WDBJ-TV7 news, Kimberly McBroom, the station’s morning anchor in Roanoke, Va., reacts to a live broadcast during which reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were fatally shot, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. McBroom tried to reassure viewers immediately after the attack, carried out by Vester Lee Flanagan II, a former WDBJ-TV reporter known to viewers by his on-air name Bryce Williams. (WDBJ-TV7 news via AP)ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — The wide-eyed, open-mouthed look of shock on the face of WDBJ-TV anchor Kim McBroom was seen worldwide after her two co-workers were fatally shot during their live television broadcast. Then her grieving newsroom went back to work, and she presented an image of calm, poise and strength as the on-camera leader of a team that refused to give in.

4 plead not guilty in fiery NY crash that killed 2 kids, dad

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 03:45

Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas J. Spota points to a photograph of the aftermath of a July 12, 2015, car crash on the Southern State Parkway that killed a father and his two children, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015 in Hauppauge, N.Y. The prosecutor announced criminal charges Thursday against four people allegedly involved in the crash. All four have pleaded not guilty. (AP Photo/Frank Eltman)CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — A high-speed race along a suburban New York parkway led to a crash that ended in the fiery deaths of a father and his two children, prompting authorities to indict one of the drivers on vehicular homicide, drunken driving and other charges.

Father of Virginia TV reporter slain on air vows to fight for gun control

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 03:44

Chris Hurst, a journalist at the station and boyfriend of killed journalist Alison Parker pauses for a moment as Jeff Marks, general manager for WDBJ7 looks onBy Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The father of a Virginia journalist killed in an on-air shooting said on Thursday he would become a crusader for gun control, but analysts said there was little likelihood of legislation on the federal level any time soon, despite changes in some states. Two journalists, reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward of Roanoke CBS affiliate WDBJ7, were shot during a live interview on Wednesday by a disgruntled former station employee who later killed himself. Parker's father, Andy Parker, urged state and federal lawmakers to take action on gun control, especially to keep firearms out of the hands of people who were mentally unstable.

Former 76ers star Darryl Dawkins dies

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 03:40

Darryl Dawkins, aka 'Chocolate Thunder,' dies at 58Former 76ers start Darryl Dawkins has died, Action News had learned